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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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606 Reviews
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Reviews: 606
Hads: 721
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 606 | Hads: 721
Photo of utahskyliner34
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer birthday cake, a product of obligation and not worth it in hindsight.

It's almost too vague for an accurate depiction and the saccharine-y sweetness is overwhelming. Imagine the tried and true Stone back of the tongue bitterness smothered in store bought icing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a red hop bomb. Pours a dark cherry/ruby color with a very nice looking head. Not as chunky as it started out to be. Thinned a bit, but good lacing.
Hops in the aroma and taste. More pine and resin than citrus. The story on the back label says little about this beer, but gives thanks to all of their customers. OK, great. What am I drinking? Oh, well. Doesnt matter. It's hops. Totally misses the mark of the noted style above.

Still, this is one dimensional. No balance at all, and just stinging hops and alcohol. Little flavor to me. It was a good buy as I like the attempt. Malt didn't have a chance.

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Photo of champ103
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep and dark reddish/brown color. A two finger light tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Good sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. No sweetness in the nose, and therefor no balance.
T: Up front a large bitter grapefruit and resiny hop flavor. There is the slightest amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Even a hint of chocolate as the flavor lingers on and on. Though those flavors are very muted compared to the bitter hops.
M/D: A full body that is sticky, oily, and soapy. The bitterness, sticky feeling, and high alcohol all make this a hard beer to drink.

Pretty much what I though it was going to be. Another one for the bitter hop heads, and not for me. If Stone really wants to grow up, why don't they make a kick ass English Barleywine or Old Ale, and not another over hopped generic strong ale?

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Photo of JimsArcade
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into 16oz pint glass.

It has a gorgeous, deep reddish-brown hue. Heavy carbonation resulted in a big head even with a soft pour, but it dissipated quickly.

A citrusy hops blast hits the nose right away. Little, if any, aroma presence from the malts can be detected.

It's all hops on the tongue, followed by some mild malt sweetness. It's got a big punch but little backbone to it.

Surprisingly for a 9.5% beer, it has pretty thin mouthfeel. Not what I would not have expected for a beer of this style or caliber.

As for drinkability, I had enough trouble finishing the bottle, I couldn't imagine having a second shortly thereafter.

This was definitely a disappointment, especially after a Stone rep really try to sell me on how amazing this beer was. Definitely not one of Stone's best efforts.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Has a coffee like color dark but with a touch of cream maybe. 2 finger head and lacing has a pretty good cling to it.

S: Kind of a strange sweetness. A bit fruity, hoppy and malty all together. Hard to explain this one. Not too pleasant to me.

T: Quite malty as others have said with a barley wine quality. However once you swallow the hop character really kicks in. Not sure what Stone was going for here. Doesn't taste like anything else I ever had. I really don't care for it.

M: Kind of weak. Very thin to me but nicely carbonated.

D: Really doesn't seem like something I would care to drink lots of.

Nothing like I had hoped it would be. I would rate this under AB and definately under Double AB. Stone can't always be perfect even though 99% of the time they are.

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Photo of taez555
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/07/09

This beer pours a dark mahogany body with a thick off-white head.

Nose has a strong mix of chocolate, caramel, citrus, fruit and putrid garbage. It smells like a great Stone beer mixed with a homebrew slightly gone wrong.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a strong rich caramel malt flavor. Huge dark citrus hop resin with even more liquid hop resin. Malty, Malty malty. Big rich malt and tons of high alcohol. A slight infectious flavor drifts throughout the whole thing.

It's basically a mellow double bastard light that is slightly infected. It's odd, and kind of drinkable, but at the same time kind of gross. Sorry, I love you Stone, but this is a pass.

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Photo of WBCFM
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles of the 13th Anniversary in the summer, then I realized that these beers should not be cellared, so I decided to start drinking them.

As many reviews have stated, this beer has a beautiful appearance. Great color, great head retention.

The smell is a little stronger on the alcohol than I like, but it is a Strong Ale and is 9.5% ABV, so I guess that is to be expected.

The mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, but different than the 11th or what is now the Sublimely Self Righteous (one of my favorites).

The finish is very bitter. Fine at first, but by the end of the bottle, you kind of tire of the bitterness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, citrus and pine hops character, and ample alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet upfront for a second, and then it's hops bitterness through and through, to a fault, with some alcohol burn at the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the afterburn, and drinkability is eh. Guess they weren't thanking me with this one.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as not having much direction. Up front some roasted caramel flavors, followed by rather harsh and nondescript hopping that finished with a broad, bland bitterness. Not bad, but discordant and unbalanced. Better luck with next year's edition.

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Photo of gory4d
3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep russet with a one-finger head. The smell is caramel, juniper, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel. The taste is astringent juniper, sweet toffee, and the numbing bitterness of grapefruit peel. The body is thinner than you'd expect, with low carbonation. It's just way too much work to drink this one. Why do we need Levitation times 2.1590?

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Photo of Cresant
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. The body was deep red leather and clear of sediment. The head was creamy tan and remained strong throughout.

Smell was earthy. Oranges and moist whole wheat bread. The alcohol really flourished as it warmed (too much).

Taste was rich and sweet. There was a lingering strong bitter aftertaste. Somewhat boozy. This one was too heavy and malty for me.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Mahogany to red with a small head. A moderate amount of scattered lacing. A slight haze, but mostly a clear brew.

S - Hops! White pepper overshadows everything else. Grapefruit and spruce! Gumdrops? Caramel malt - sweet smell with a hint of vague fruitiness (melon?).

T - Hops! Grapefruit, spruce and prominent pepperiness. Caramel malt and slightly fruity gumdrops. Aftertaste is very bitter under a lingering sweetness. It is very sweet and almost pectin like.

M - High carbonation, very viscous, a bit refreshing at first, but then turns slightly dry.

D - There is a fine line between pleasant sweetness and what feels like drinking It is insanely thick and cloyingly sweet. I don't think I would have it again

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Photo of ikantspel
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass

brewed in june, 2009. DO NOT CELLAR, ENJOY IN 2009 written on bottle

pours a gilded bronze with a rising 2 finger head.

you can smell this when it pours and it smells ridiculous
floral and earthy notes with some hops

hops, sweet taste that turns kinda bitter followed by a toasty malt and chocolate.

kinda thick and flavor thats left goes fast

this beer would have been great in 09. its seen better days, but still not shabby

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Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label. Typical Stone novel on the back. June 2009, with a note saying not to cellar.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown, haze that just a bit of light shines through. Nice off white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: The aroma I'd expect from a big double IPA - lots of of sticky hops, but even more malt.

Taste: Hmm - doesn't quite deliver the flavor I was hoping for from the aroma. There is a lot of bitterness, but the hop flavor wasn't there, and the malt really wasn't as much either. Comes across a bit too bitter, and a bit thin.

Overall impression: It tastes to me like a DIPA that missed the mark - the aroma made some big promises that the flavor didn't deliver. Its a bit too bitter to be very drinkable. I still enjoyed it, but wouldn't go looking for more.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at TND.

I thought this was a IPA/DIPA so I was surprised to see a dark beer with a deep brown with some red spots in terms of color. A rich dark tan head had great legs and left some gunk on the glass. Seeing that this ais a strong ale now, the color makes more sense. The smell was mostly citrus hop scent with some floral aroma hops as well. A nice sweet scent coming from the malt bill. Also getting some alcohol/nail polish scents. The taste is huge, but im not sure i enjoy it all that much. The hops are pleasant and highly citrusy with a caramel sweetness intertwined. This kind of reminds me of a much more drinkable Founders Devil Dancer, So i'm guessing the IBU's are up there. The feel is bitter and finishes a bit rough. The hops don't kill the palete but they do attack it. A medium feel with great carb within. With all that said I had a hell of a time finishing my pour because of the alcohol flavor hindering things a bit. These types of beers are just not my thing.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a 2-finger cap of thick beige head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Huge fruity aromas- grapefruit, pineapple- but there's also some doughy/yeastiness that doesn't quite gel with the citrus for me for some reason. This distraction carries over into the flavors as well. There's bold caramel and roasted malts, plentiful bitterness and juicy citrus, plus some baked apples and a bit of cherry. Combined with a substantial booziness, this combination of flavors reminds me of Arrogant Bastard on steroids. Considering how much I love AB, this isn't a bad thing at all, but that sweet/tangy dough/yeasty quality really throws a monkeywrench into my enjoyment. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a coating quality. If only there wasn't the doughy flavor clinging to my palate along with everything else, I'd be scoring this one a lot higher.

Overall impression: Couldn't really get into this. Not a bad beer by any means, but doesn't meet my expectations for a brewery I usually enjoy.

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Photo of silentnoiz
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says "June 2009. Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009."

A - Poured into a pint glass, deep brown color like a brown ale, minimal head, but big bubbles.

S - Intake on some complex flavors, malty, almost barleywine ish.

T - Tastes like many barleywines. Malty with a good bitter hoppy taste on the throughout that lasts on the backend.

M - Carbonation was more than I expected, but wasn't a bad thing. Full bodied.

D - It is a rich complex tasting beer that took me awhile to get through the 22oz bomber. I enjoyed it, but not sure I would search to find this again.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark Redish brown with a medium tan head

S: Has a piney hop smell that turns into a sweet raisony scent. Smells a bit boozy.

T: Has a nice piney bitterness but a clashing sweet maltiness that I can't say I like.

M: It's a little thick and nice and bitter.

D: The heavy hops make it more of a slow drinker and the strange maltiness makes it even slower.

Overall it feels like a nice heavy IPA mixed with your average malty brew. I can't say that this combo is my favorite. It's drinkable but not my favorite. I will say I didn't drink it in 2009 like the bottle suggests.

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Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like this is about 6 months old...picked up a bomber in WI, never seen it before. Silkscreened bottle interested me enough, but not the tl;dr story on the back.

Pours a reddish tawny brown, some sticky lace. A cluster of tan bubbles clings to one side. Retention is ok, a skim maintains across the surface.

Sort of generic hoppy aroma, sweet specialty malts, rich and full bodied, lingering bitter aftertaste. Bready, bitter, almost a strong rye component. Too oppressive. This is pretty typical Stone, too full with one-dimensional bitterness to really drink much of. Eh, pass...

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I call it a Red IPA and definitely qualifies for Extreme.

Odor of alcohol and -- does anyone remember how Merthiolate smelled? Or is it moth balls? Definitely not an "aroma." Oddly harsh and sharply acidic. Woody and resiny hop flavors. Malt appears and disappears, and why do I think of Milk Duds?

Very educational, and the intense red-copper-amber color is worth seeing. But I'll be looking for something bland to mix the rest of the 22 oz with. Usual Stone printed-on-bottle label says it was bottled in 2009 and "Do not cellar - enjoy in 2009." You have been warned.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7.

A: Deep red/brown, mostly brown with a cream colored head, about half an inch or so, fairly murky, pretty fair retention with sticky clumps of lacing.

S: Pungent grapefruit, tons of pine and resinous hop lingering in there. Smells extremely hoppy, not much else, can't say this is going to be pulled toward balance. A little bit of a caramel malt profile emerges is it warms. This smells great.

T: Damn, the nose gives the flavor away, hops and booze, with an after thought of malt, has an almost black tea like flavor, almost astringently bitter, from both the booze, tea like properties, and hops. The nose was great, but the taste is well, a lot to say the least. Almost no malt can be detected in this. Leaves a sort of hoppy isopropyl rubbing alcohol flavor in the mouth. Yikes. This is not pleasant to drink at all.

M: For 9.5% this beer is extremely thin and highly carbonated, this just doesn't feel right. Astringently dry, not pleasant.

D: I love hoppy beers, so long as there is a little something else in there with it, this is hop tea with a touch of malt, and a shot of vodka in it. I understand this is from Stone, and is an anniversary beer, but holy hell a little bit of sweetness would be nice. This is honestly the first beer from Stone that I've struggled to find something in the taste that I didn't like. This will decimate your tongue as well. If you're looking for a hop fix, this is more than enough, but yeah, I wouldn't recommend this. I don't even think age will help this beer. Definitely didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of vurt
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased at Red Carpet in Glendale, and enjoyed in a Stone nonic pint glass.

Beautiful, deep red-orange brew capped with a thick head of tawny foam. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass. Great head retention-- I'm halfway through this glass and the head is still a finger tall.

Oranges and pine. It's like a bowl of navel oranges and tangelos in a small, warm room with the window open to a northern New Mexico forest. Some notes of caramel, burnt sugar, and sweet rolls come out eventually, after the beer has had plenty of time to warm up. I think the smell is the best aspect of this beer.

Oranges, pine, and burnt sugar. That's pretty much the size of it. The sugar component has some nuances: a slight buttery toffee character, and some of that bready sweetroll component that's there in the nose. Quite estery in the middle, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard or maybe an "imperialized" Levitation. Sweetness lingers into the swallow and leads into a hot gust of alcohol. Not much in the way of complexity or balance.

Sticky, syrupy, and hot. Body is medium to full, with an almost creamy consistency and a moderate level of small-bubbled carbonation. Decent overall feel, but the alcohol warmth is distracting.

Well, it's certainly bombastic enough for a Stone anniversary brew, but ultimately this is not a very interesting beer to me. The extreme bitterness and extreme sweetness battle each other without really achieving a balance. Two voices shouting at the top of their lungs does not automatically lead to harmony. While I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of ToddT
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Medium brown in color and topped with a large beige head. Head falls very slowly and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S- Big nose of hops mostly pine and grassy. Hard to pick much else out through the hops but some roasted malt and caramel is hiding in there.

T- Big blast of floral hops right away that lasts through to the finish. Hops change in character from floral to bitter at the finish. Some notes of malt, chocolate, and caramel at the finish as well but hidden behind the bitterness of the hops.

M- More than medium in body and a little oily and syrupy. Carbonation is decent. Finish is astringent, boozy and with the lingering feeling of the hop oil.

D- Not an easy drinker or sipper. If the secondary flavors could peak out from behind the blast of hops it could provide more balance and counterpoint. The 9.5% ABV is apparent at the finish

Normally I would hope cellaring would mellow this one out but the bottle clearly states not to do so and to enjoy it in 2009. Tried this one on draft as well, at a tasting, and I remember it being sweeter and better balanced but have chosen not to review it on tap as it was a tasting and a 4 oz. sample. Happy anniversary Stone I love your beers but the 10th Anniversary has been my favorite so far.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. A touch of iced tea too. Flavor is super hoppy--more citrus and grassy hops with a bitter finish. A solid malt base too. Heavyish palate with the 9.5%. It started wearing on me by the middle of the glass...In the end, boring and heavy.

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Photo of billyshears
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Cloudy dark brown, amber on corners. Slightly yellowish off-white head; sticky lacing.

smell: Aspirin with a hint of grapefruit; ethanol smell.

mouthfeel: Good, smooth mouthfeel; perhaps a bit thick.

taste: People say this is complex, but I feel like this kind of is in a bad way. It tastes a bit muddled to me. There's a sharp sting of piney hops, but I'm not content with it. I feel like nothing really takes charge in the flavor and it ends up feeling not as pronounced as it should be. Maybe the malts are a bit too dark or just not as strong as they should be.

I just feel like there is something missing here. I love Stone and they're one of my favorite breweries, but I do feel like they occasionally slip on their special brews. This is one of them (Self-Righteous Ale is not).

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.